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"The Skinny" By Eric Hornick Game 22 Isles 5, Carolina 4 (OT) Mathew Barzal scored 2:46 into overtime as the Isles overcame third ...

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Poulin back as Isles shuffle off to Buffalo

Kevin Poulin was brought in from his Christmas vacation in Quebec to back-up Chad Johnson on Tuesday. Tonight, just 24 hours after blanking the Providence Bruins in an AHL game, Poulin will get a chance to be in an NHL net for the first time in 11 months as the Isles play Buffalo.

Poulin played in 28 NHL games last season, going 11-16-1 with a 3.29 GAA (89.1 save percentage).

At Bridgeport this season, Poulin has gone 10-6-4.   His  2.41 GAA and 92.8 save percentage are his best in the AHL since he had a 2.19 GAA and a 93.2 save percentage in 15 games in 2010-11. Both he and the Sound Tigers were off to great starts this season -- Poulin was 7-1-1 in his first 9 games, but his win last night was only his 3rd in his last 11 decisions (3-5-3).

Jaroslav Halak was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to December 20th. Since NHL players must stay on IR for at least a week, he is eligible for reactivation at any time.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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